the dark knight rises movie review

Does anyone remember…a long time ago now, it seems…back in the summer of 2008 when a major MCU AND DC movie was released? I remember…it was the very first Iron Man movie and the now legendary Dark Knight. You know what I don’t remember? I don’t remember the anxiousness of critics and journalists to pit the two against each other. I don’t remember people going into one already ready to hate it because it didn’t have the same tone as the other. Now, I’m sure there were crazy fans who did this amongst themselves. I’m sure there were small isolated incidents at cons between fans, but we didn’t hear about them, because they were small and it didn’t represent the majority of fans of either franchise. I remember a time when fans could like both and maybe one a little more than the other, and that would be okay.

Do you guys remember when two Hulk movies failed, but they were allowed to fail quietly? No one put down Marvel in favor of DC? They just failed and that was it?

Do you guys remember a couple years after Iron Man and The Dark Knight came out, we were given another MCU and DC movie? The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises? Man, Marvel was more popular than ever before, it seemed, because of this big MCU release. The Dark Knight Rises was good, but just okay in comparison to The Dark Knight. That was fine, though, it didn’t really feel like a competition, and even some DC fans could happily admit that they enjoyed The Avengers more.

Do you guys remember when Man of Steel came out? Everyone was kind of cautiously optimistic since Superman Returns wasn’t well received. Man, I remember that despite positive reviews, some people seemed to be downright disgusted by it…but that disgust was tolerable for the most part…but then it was announced that Man of Steel would be the first of an extended film universe, and then suddenly, something magical happened. For some people…some rational people even…some smart people….it became impossible to like both the MCU and anything the DCEU made. These people had the incredible ability to hate something before it even existed. For some inexpiable reason, these people were able to tap into a secret…if you like something or are willing to give it fair criticism even if you don’t like it, the MCU will be no more. In order to keep our darling MCU alive, we must kill the DCEU….that means we must knit-pick the enemy. We must find every single thing wrong physically and morally with all that participate in the DCEU while ignoring the flaws of those in the MCU. We must watch all the DCEU trailers and complain how “dark” and “gritty” they look and complain louder when they appear less so while allowing the MCU to be whatever it wants. We must throw stones when a trailer even seems slightly similar to that of the MCU and claim that the DCEU is doomed and must resort to copying what makes the MCU successful. We must ignore the treatment of women and POC in the MCU and make up said problems for the DCEU. It is only the loudest most obnoxious critics who get this, the rest of us who happily enjoy what the DCEU has given us are the enemy and must be punished.

I just miss the old days when we could like one or the other with no consequence.



#BigRonFilmReviews Top 100 Movies of all time


I’m finally there.

This was hard work. I collated a list of about 130 movies in Excel (yep) and moved it around for approximately 3 days until I ended up with a final list. 

I’ve ended up with a movie from each from Tarantino, Scorsese, Coppola, The Coens, Nolan, PTA and two from David Fincher. People may question the addition of Kevin Smith and Bryan Singer but as ever these are movies ranked according to an inexplicable, personal enjoyment algorithm. If you disagree do your fucking own. (Smiley face).

1) Pulp Fiction. It had to be really. I’m very happy with this being my all time favourite movie (so far). QT perfects the formula he created with Reservoir Dogs. Wonderful characters in amusing situations chomping through fabulous dialogue. A movie I simply do not tire of rewatching. Review here.

2) The Godfather Parts 1 and 2. And here we do not see The Godfather part 3. The first two Godfather movies are simply put. Masterpieces. A deeply intense look at the inner workings of a Mafia family with (at least) three stellar performances from three Titanic Hollywood Stars. Just Epic and beautiful whilst viscously violent and horrifying at the same time. Review here.

3) Fight Club. David Fincher’s cerebral, darkly comical commentary on consumerism and masculinity. A strange and very cool film with plenty of surprises. Love it, love it, love it! Review here.

4) Goodfellas. 

“You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me, I’m a little fucked up maybe, but I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to fuckin’ amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?”. 

What a film. Review here.

5) Clerks. A super low budget movie set solely in and around a convenience store in New Jersey. Very little happens other than the two eponymous store Clerks shooting the shit talking about sex and Star Wars. I mean what more do you want? Review here.

6) Se7en. A slow burn Police Procedural with a very dark heart. Pitt and Morgan are trying to track down the serial killer who is in turn trying to send a message to society by mirroring the seven deadly sins. Awesome. “Whats in the Booooooox?” Review here.

7) The Usual Suspects. A surprising crime thriller with a übersupermega twist that absolutely blew me away. “Hand me the fucking keys, you cocksucker, what the fuck?” Review here.

8) Boogie Nights. All of Paul Thomas Andersson’s work is pretty special but this 70s porn industry tale is essentially a masterpiece. Perfect levels of humour, drama and sadness with a absolutely killer soundtrack to boot. Review here.

9) The Big Lebowski. Another of those films where not a great deal actually happens. There is a case of mistaken identity and a pissy rug. There is a kinda-kidnapping, some bowling, a few white russians and a fair amount of weed but because of the superb characters and wonderful dialogue it is just….. brilliant. Review here.

10) The Dark Knight Trilogy. Best Trilogy ever? Cor, could be man. I rewatched these recently and completely reordered my ranking of the three movies. Batman Begins is superb. This is how I want my Batman, flawed, brutal and dark. Aces. My Batman Reviews here.

The full list is available here.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Dark Knight Trilogy rewatch part III - and for such a great trilogy a rare occurrence, a re-review (original review here).

More of the same really. Great plot, amazing action, superb effects, brilliant performances.

Bale remains a solid Batman (annoying voice aside) but for me this movie is all about Bane. This the third part of a three day trilogy rewatch so I can compare this performance very closely to that of Heath Ledger’s for the Joker… slightly blasphemous to do so but I now think they are much closer than I originally may have. They are very different performances but both brilliant. Hardy transmits an aura of indestructible menace and malevolence that is made all the more harrowing by that crazy high-pitched voice.  

I was also far more impressed with Anne Hathaway, she delivers conflicted hero/villain really well and is a vast improvement on the campy Halle Berry or Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman stuff. 

Stellar casting even the small roles, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine for example are have just minutes of screen time and that’s before you start noticing Quinn from Dexter, Jamie from Blue Bloods, Richard from Lost and Carcetti from The Wire.

On rewatch I now think this is the weakest of the three movies but being the weakest movie in this trilogy makes for a hell of a movie - I mean this was in the 2012 Top Ten Ronnies list after all.

Watch this Trilogy and watch it in order in a short space of time for added enjoyment.

“When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die”.

“You think this can last? There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us”.



Coming very soon to #BigRonFilmReviews, Christopher Nolan’s:

The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012)

It’s proving to be a magnificent rewatch….

The Dark Knight Rises

The movie has lived to its claim “epic conclusion”. It is epic, it is incredible, it kicks ass with solid statement. No regrets of spending almost three hours of my life watching this fastidiously produced and gorgeously directed flick, definitely a candidate (if not a winner) for the best movie of 2012. Not a dull moment, I’ll tell you. Keep your eyes open or you might just miss blows of action-packed scenes.

Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) nailed it. Anne Hathaway’s performance as Catwoman was ineffably sexy and stunning. Bane (Tom Hardy) can be a candidate for this year’s best villain like seriously! Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) was so legit and for those who already know the big twist, you know he fits the character perfectly *wink*

Blockbuster Hit. Huge expectations were surmounted with glory. Round of applause to Nolan. I believe, there’s more to come.

Chelsoi’s Flick Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★

Oh my god this is incredible?

Every time DC releases a shitty movie, there’s always so many DC fans crying about how they love it despite the “haters.”

Like are you thirteen year old girls blasting Halsey in your bedrooms while you paint fuck da police on your white girl wallpaper as you tied your hair with black ribbons and pull on your fishnet stockings?


Can you just….like did you PERSONALLY make the movie?

Because if you didn’t, I don’t see why you get your hackles so high.

If you like a DC movie, then whatever.

Nothing wrong with disagreeing with critics.

But frigging RELAX with the lurid accounts of Marvel bias and reviewers being stupid morons who don’t “understand” the brilliant and complex DCEU.

Dark Knight got 94, Rises got 87, and Batman Begins got 84.

When DC makes a good movie…

It’ll get good reviews.

Until it does….

Please frigging relax.